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City plans new dog area in Jackson Park by Marc Monaghan-Hyde Park Herald March 24, 2021.

The Bozeman and Woodson families and their dogs gather around a watering station in Jackson Park’s unofficial Jackson Bark dog park on Sunday, March 21.

In the spring of 2014, Todd Agosto converted several weed-ridden tennis courts on the east side of Jackson Park near the Music Court Bridge into Jackson Bark, the first dog park on Chicago’s South Side. Since then, the unofficial dog park has become a popular spot for dog owners and their dogs from across the city and the suburbs.

Heather Gleason, Director Of Planning and Development at the Chicago Park District said during a March 2 community meeting held by the city on Jackson Park improvements related to the Obama Presidential Center that the Park District would begin “designing the new dog-friendly area south of the inner harbor parking lot” during 2021.

In response to a request for comment from the Herald, the Park District said that the planning process for the new dog park would begin in the late spring or early summer of this year, and that the agency would seek input from the public and the leadership of Jackson Bark.

On Monday, Agosto said that he had not yet been contacted by CPD about the new dog area.

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